6 Timeless Loafer Trends That You're About to See Everywhere This Year

I don't know about you, but if there's one shoe style you're guaranteed to catch me wearing all year round, it's the loafer. If the last few years have taught us anything, it's the value of a comfortable, versatile flat shoe, and whether it's a bare-legged and sunny spring or a chilly winter, a pair of loafers are the wise investment that your wardrobe needs. Sure, heels might look good, but unless you feel like a carrying a constant supply of plasters, they aren't built for all-day wear, so a flat shoe that can be both dressy and casual will always rise to the occasion. 

Although we're no longer confined to the lockdown that made the most of laidback dressing, we can still appreciate the benefits of an outfit that can be as cosy as it is chic, and everyone from influencers to A-listers are stepping out in easy loafers this season. But what are the latest styles to pop up on our radars for the year ahead I hear you ask? Fear not dear reader, I've done the research for you. 


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One thing is clear, and it's that 2023 is reverting back to the classic penny loafer–sleek, chic and understated (and with less of the bells and whistles of the 2022 take). Chunky soles are traded in for slimmer silhouettes, and tassels, studs and embellisment are shelved for luxe hardware. Good news then, for the original Gucci Horsebit Loafer that is enjoying a fashionable renaissance. It's also the perfect moment for a well-timed new launch from Jimmy Choo, as the Diamond Tilda Loafer is brand new for the brand and already selling out in some sizes (more colourways too please, Jimmy Choo!) 

Choosing to invest in a luxury pair is wise considering the cost-per-wear, but there are also plenty of high-street highlights for every budget too, so in short, you're spoiled for choice. Should you be looking for the perfect shoe to wear with jeans, a comfortable flat shoe to wear with everything, or the answer to "what should I wear to the office that will work for my evening plans too?", keep scrolling. You'll find 6 of the biggest loafer trends for 2023, and some chic loafer outfit inspiration to guide you through the season ahead too. Happy reading.


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Style Notes: If someone asked you to think of the most popular loafer of recent times, chances are you'd imagine the Prada brushed leather loafer. After an obsession with this unassuming shoe spread like wildfire, 2023 brings a whole host of new logo loafers for us to equally enjoy. These are a shoe that signify that the wearer is "in the know". 




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Style Notes: If you thought suede was the reserve of autumn, allow me to suggest the idea of "spring suede". It might be sunny but it's still relatively cold outside, and a minimalist loafer-meets-slipper is the easiest thing to pair with the leggings, skirts, dresses and jeans in our spring wardrobes. A light, wearable and easy shoe for work to weekend 




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Style Notes: The statement toe is having a moment. (Don't believe me? Just google Maison Margiela's Tabi Loafer, or Jil Sander's elongated Metal Plaque loafer.) But, the most accessible way to stand out from the crowd is with a modern square toe. Graphic, bold, and sculptural, even the high-street has cottoned onto the square-toe's ability to make any shoe at least 80% cooler, but we think it lends itself best to the humble loafer. 




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Style Notes: Another shoe trend to be inspired by one iconic pair is the quilted loafer. The original comes, of course, from Chanel, and echoes the houses' covetable flap bag, but the popularity of the polished design has seen it translated time and again by some of our favourite shoe brands adding their own spin to create something entirely new. Now your shoes can really match your bag. 




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Style Notes: Let's face it, we love black loafers, but there's always room to squeeze in a pop of colour to help lift an outfit. Nothing says "spring/summer" quite like a new colour trend, and fortunately for us, just about anything goes when it comes to loafers. There's seasonal pastels, colour-block brights, and subtle creams for the minimalists who don't want to stray too far away from a monochrome colour scheme. 




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Style Notes: The horsebit is almost so synonymous with the loafer that you'd be forgiven for thinking that a shoe wasn't a loafer without one. Top of our list? Gucci's original leather loafer ranks highly, but there's also one high-street shoe that's become an overnight bestseller, and once you see it, you'll know why.


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Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.